Book Review: Water Is For Fighting Over

First of all- I’ve always had an outstanding complaint against the world’s headline writers. The water world, especially, is filled with headlines writing checks the content never intended to cash. A journalism grad student friend of mine once reminded me, sheepishly, that editors write headlines. I now see that the complaint extends to book editors…

Predictability trumps efficiency

John Fleck has written a fascinating summary of his panel at the Colorado River Water Users Association conference in scenic Las Vegas. He mentions that California, Arizona and Nevada are working on a series of deals to reduce their use of Colorado River water at various elevations of Lake Mead, expanding on the provisions of…

Water Transfers and the Future of the West: Options

This is the fourth part (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) in a series sharing my year-long research into agriculture-to-municipal (AMI) water transfers from scientific, ethical, and practical perspectives. In this section, I explore policy options- some well used, some less so- to mitigate the undesirable effects of AMI transfers on third parties while preserving…

Two Candidates, No Positions

Just something funny I noticed yesterday- both major party gubernatorial candidates spoke to the meeting of the Colorado Water Congress in Aspen this week. Here are two stories from Aspen Journalism:   Governor thinks new major dam project “unlikely” Beauprez calls for new water storage projects The Water Congress is the main lobby for entrenched…

Water Transfers and the Future of the West: Tradeoffs

This is the third part in a series (Part 1, Part 2) sharing my year-long research into agriculture-to-municipal (AMI) water transfers from scientific, ethical and practical perspectives. In this section, I examine the justification (or lack thereof) for trading rural livelihoods for urban growth, and I argue for legal protections for rural areas of origin,…